Work Life Education

gdExpertise in Russia and Eastern Europe and employment

Aleksanteri Institute’s Multidisciplinary studying programmes offer students the possibility to grow into experts on Russian and Eastern European issues. Diverse and international regional expertise gives excellent preparedness for work life. You can read more on work life from Aleksanteri Institute’s webpages.

In Spring Term 2018 Aleksanteri Institute will organize course “New Approaches to Business Development” as a work life educational course. Information about this will be updated here during January 2018.

New Approaches to Business Development, 5 ECTS (UH-TAMK)

Dates 09.02.2018 -25.04.2018
Time and Place
  • First Course Meeting in Tampere (TAMK, Kuntokatu 3) on 9 Feb, 2018
  • Moodle of Course opens
  • Intensive week in St. Petersburg, hosted by the RANEPA, 18-24 March, 2018
  • Closing Seminar on 25 April, 2018 in Helsinki (DL for seminar papers by 19 April, 2018)
  •  Final Reports ready by 28 April, 2018
Organizers Tampere University of Applied Sciences
University of Helsinki / Aleksanteri Institute
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg
Teachers Maija Kärnä, Jouni Järvinen, Tapani Kaakkuriniemi, plus one teacher from the RANEPA
Objectives Theoretic:

  • Explaining the differences between management and leadership
  • Describing the different basic theories and styles of leadership
  • Discussing the general features of cultural diversity leadership
  • Understanding basic features of intercultural communication


  • Learning semi-structured interview technique
  • Applying the theoretical knowledge in practical situations
  • Noticing differences in leadership styles between Finland/Nordic countries and Russia

In addition the students will have exercised their skills of

  • Working in multicultural teams and multicultural working environments
  • Creating new contacts and networks between other students and companies
  • Doing a qualitative research and to writing a research report/article in English

The joint course of the VIExpert, the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (amk) and the RANEPA (St. Petersburg) will consist of one meeting with all the students in Tampere, formation of small groups, reading some material in beforehand, taking the moodle exams or writing amd sybmitting essays.

Combination of online and face-to-face instruction including an Intensive Week in St. Petersburg.

  • Group presentations in the seminar.
  • Study report or article by the students on the results of the group’s research.

Should you be interested in the course, please, return a Letter of Motivation and your CV by 26 January 2018 to the registration form:

Student selection is based on motivation letters.

More information Jouni Järvinen (jouni.jarvinen at
Tapani Kaakkuriniemi (tapani.kaakkuriniemi at